US 7845501 B1
A device to be mounted permanently or removably to the side wall of a rolling tool cart for the carrying of tools and other shop paraphernalia such as extension cords, solder rolls, masking tape, and hand tools. The device has a peripheral rectangular frame of four framing segments, which frame is integrated with and surrounds a forwardly raised portion with an inclined surround interposed there between. The panel has a series of rows and columns with ⅓-inch spaced bores for the conventional mounting of tools and other shop items. The top of the frame has a flange that fit over a lip of a rolling tool cart. Two legs, vertically adjustably mounted outside of the central portion on the side framing, each have a bottom flange to engage a downward depending edge of a tool cart side wall.
1. A device for the retention of tools and other objects, for removable or permanent mounting to a rolling tool cart, which device comprises:
a main panel comprising an integrated frame of four sections, top, bottom, a left and right side that surround a forwardly raised central portion, which central portion has a series of rows and columns of through bores for the mounting of tools thereto;
a pair of legs downwardly mounted, one on each of the respective side framing sections; and
wherein said main panel has a top flange and each leg has a bottom flange, both leg flanges being directed rearwardly, and of the same depth; and wherein each side framing section has a left series and a right series of vertically disposed slots in two parallel columns for the attachment of a respective leg, and each leg has one column of spaced bores, each respective leg's column of bores being aligned with at least a part of a column of slots of a side framing section; and wherein said slots allow for longitudinal and lateral adjustment of said pair of legs when mounting said device to the rolling tool cart.
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6. A device to the retention of tools and other objects which device is adapted to be removable or permanently mounted to a rolling tool cart, which device comprises:
a main panel comprising an integrated frame of four sections, top, bottom, left and right that surround a forwardly raised central portion, which central portion has a series of rows and columns of through bores for the mounting of tools thereto;
a pair of vertically disposed legs mounted, one on each of the respective side framing sections, wherein each side framing section has a left series and a right series of vertically disposed slots in two parallel columns for the attachment of a respective leg, and each leg has one column of spaced bores, one column of slots being aligned with a least a part of a column of bores of a leg; and
said main panel has a top flange and each leg has a bottom flange, both leg flanges being directed rearwardly, and of the same depth and the main panel has a rearward normally disposed edge on each side of the panel; and wherein said slots allow for longitudinal and lateral adjustment of said pair of legs when mounting said device to the rolling tool cart.
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This application pertains to a device to be mounted to a mechanic's rolling tool cart.
Many mechanics in various trades use or have their own rolling tool cart. These carts have anywhere from three to six drawers in a lower section, and often the lower portion of the cart has a toolbox sized upper portion that may have a plurality of shallower drawers as an upper portion. Mechanics, such as those in the automotive repair industry, the assembly of articles, boat repair and maintenance, utilize rolling carts for the storage of their personal tools among other things used in the shop.
Now homeowners who want these professional carts can obtain them from Sears, Home Depot, and other similar stores. These carts are essentially a rolling bureau. They have a plurality of drawers mounted in a cabinet frame on large casters. See Sears tool catalog which features these apparatuses, usually in a red color. These rolling carts usually have smooth sides to which magnets will stick. Instruction sheets, calendars, personal photos can be attached to the sides or side walls of such carts. If not, the side walls go unused.
Professional mechanics in various industries usually use air-operated (pneumatic) tools. These tools be they air-operated or electric are usually stored in generally lockable drawers. But the corollary is that while safety is gained by storing tools in drawers, ofttimes convenience is lost due to the inability to locate the specific tool at the point in time when needed.
The invention accordingly comprises the device possessing the features, properties, the selection of components which are amplified in the following detailed disclosure, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the appended claims.
While no actual formal search was run, applicant is aware of the following U.S. Patents:
A device to be mounted to the side wall of a rolling or rollaway tool cart, which device serves the same function as a pegboard mounted to a wall. Tools, accessories, wire, lights, and other shop useful items can be attached to the pegboard and be accessible anytime the user is utilizing the tool cart.
It is a first object to provide a lowcost device to store air-operated and other tools.
It is a second object to provide a device that permits quick storage and release of a multiplicity of air-operated tools in a defined space.
It is a third object to provide a storage device that can be mounted on a tool cart to provide vertical storage for a multiplicity of shop useful items.
It is a fourth object to provide a device that can be accessed quickly and easily by any user.
It is a fifth object to provide a device that can be color matched to the toolbox to which it is to be attached.
Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter. For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be made to the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
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Panel 11 has an integrated surround 20 of four inclined sections 20T,20L,20B and 20R, inclined at between 30 and 45 degrees as may be desired, that are interposed between the framing segments 13 and the raised central portion 15. The frame 12 includes a top section 13T, a pair of spaced side sections 13L & 13R and a bottom section 13B, which is of a smaller elevation than the top section. The two side sections or segments, 13L & 13R however, are preferably of the same lateral extension.
The top section 13T is not bored out in the embodiment as shown, but could be if desired. A company decal or sticker 38 is shown at a convenient location to identify the source of the product. Each of the two side framing sections 13R and 13L include a series of spaced slots set in two vertical rows; the inner rows being 19 & 21 and the outer rows being 17 & 23 with vertical spacing between adjacent slots as well. Individual slots are designated 22 for those situated on an inner row, while those on an outer row are designated 24. Mount screws 32 disposed through individual slots 22 & 24 are for longitudinal and lateral adjustable attachment of the legs 31R & L as seen in
The central raised portion has a front surface 15F. The central portion includes rows and columns of through bores, generally of about ¼-inch diameter for the mounting of tools and other shop paraphernalia. A series of strategically but randomly placed mount mushroom buttons 35 are shown disposed though arbitrary bores 16 on the raised portion 15F. These mushrooms can be mounted anywhere on the central raised portion. They are called mushrooms because they have a recessed neck area, and resemble a mushroom. A technical name often associated with them is “coach bolts”. Thus the terms can be used interchangeably. These possess a pressed-fit insert with threads, and are designed to handle the weight of items hung on them. Coach bolts are readily available in the marketplace.
A pair of spaced hasps, 27, that are L-shaped and each of which has a forward section with a bore 28 therein. This section projects forwardly through an oversize vertical edge slot 25, both of which are at the same elevation, and both of which are at opposite edges of the main panel. The rear section 27R of 27 lies parallel to the side frame and is attached thereto by two mounting screws, 29. See
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The top framing section 13T of the main panel also has a rearwardly directed flange 40 which has a first portion of a depth slightly greater than the depth of the side area flanges, and a second downwardly depending section also of about ½-inch. This tilted-L shaped flange also serves as standoff. The space between the flange and the main panel is designated 39. The bottom area 13B has no flange. As will be discussed, this space 39 can serve as mounting means. See infra.
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On the, here recessed central portion, since this is rear view, one can see the threads of the various mushroom mount buttons disposed in bores 16. These mounts are referred to coach bolts and also as was mentioned supra, as mushrooms because they have a recessed neck and thus resemble a mushroom. On the neck a cord can be hung, or the mushroom can serve as a hook for certain tools and other shop objects such as a roll of masking tape or retractable air/electric hose reels.
For a permanent mounting, it would be necessary to screw the device 10 to the cart body, through any of the existing bores in the central portion, a task which would require drilling aligned holes into the side wall of the cart. But if someone wants a permanent mounting of the device to the cart, this is the way to go. The device can also be mounted upon a door or other vertical flat surface if desired, but such is not the prime intended purpose of this device.
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As noted earlier, the device of this invention is intended to be mounted on the side or perhaps the back or front of a rolling a.k.a. rollaway tool cart. The actual construction of the cart is the limiting factor. An upward extending lip is needed on the cart for the device to be properly mounted. Steps one and two can be done in either order. If step one is carried out first, there will be no need to physically hold the device while inserting the two mounting brackets 31. Thus the first step remains to hang the device 10 by its top lip 62 over the upstanding edge of the cart 60. The pegboard is now being retained solely by the cart 60. Slide the two mounting brackets 31 one at a time on the rear side of the device, adjacent the respective side edges, and raise the mounting brackets to the appropriate height where they will engage the lower edge of the side wall or other wall to which the device 10 is being attached. When and as the bottom edge of the bracket engages the lower edge of the wall of the cart, place at least two bolts 32 through the slots and into the aligned holes of the mount bracket, and threadingly engage the holes 34 of the mounting brackets 31 after disposing the conventional finishing washer and plastic washer on the bolt 32. Then attach the pair of universal rollaway air couplers, the L-shaped members designated 27, using conventional bolts and washers. These L-shaped members, provide a safety factor, in that they prevent the mounting brackets from sliding upwardly inadvertently, should they slip out from under the bottom lip of the cart 60.
Previously reference has been made to the mushroom mounts 35, which are also known in the art as coach bolts 35. These mounts 35 have a press fit insert with threads thereon, in order to sustain the weight load to be placed upon them. These may be used for the attachment of retractable air hoses, retractable electrical cords, and other useful items that mechanics may want to attach to the device of this invention. These retractable accessories are available in the marketplace from applicant's assignee and other third parties. These accessories include an unseen U-bracket that engages the shaft 43 of the mushroom mount 35, without the need for tools.
The device may be obtained in various powder coated colors on steel, or in polycarbonate, though black and tool cart red are the most desired for color coordination.
Attachment of items to the panel 1 in addition to being by conventional pegboard attachments which are readily available, such as for a plurality of hand-operated screwdrivers, or hammers among other hand tools, there are a variety of special mounts for drills, power screwdrivers, etc., available in the marketplace.
It is seen that I have developed a device that can be removably or permanently mounted to the side and perhaps to the rear of a rolling tool cart. The device has a frame integrated with a central raised portion that is forwardly disposed. A pair of legs of a lateral extension narrower than the framing segments at the sides of the central portion, are vertically extendible a preset amount to a fixable position. The top frame section, includes a flange to hook over an upstanding lip of a rolling car. Each leg also includes a flange which can engage the bottom lip of a tool cart if such bottom lip is present.
The device 10's panel 11 can be manufactured by stamping a sheet of steel or aluminum to raise the central portion and to add the bores, followed by metal pressing the side edges of the right and left framing segments. The leg slots can be cut in using conventional tools or by laser beam.
Plastic units of the main panel can be formed by injection molding. The device can be made using a plastic main panel with metal legs and vice versa.
Since certain changes may be made in the described device without departing from the scope of the invention herein involved, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description and shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.